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it would only come from a partnership with the muslim community. supporters of wisconsin's republican governor have been showing their support for his controversial budget plan. hundreds gathered at an arena in madison yesterday. it was the end of a four-day bus tour backing walker's proposal, of course, to strip state employees of their collective bargaining rights. meanwhile, pro-union demonstrators outnumbered the governor supporters at the arena. the issue of government waste is right in the middle of the federal budget debate and a budget agreement is not even close. democrats and republicans are now about $50 billion apart. as jonathan carl reports, a new report offers plenty of ideas about making cuts. >> reporter: even when it comes to chickens and eggs, there are a tangles overlapping and redundant programs. it's almost embarrassing. the food and drug administration is responsible for ensuring that eggs are safe, wholesome and
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properly laborled. the department of agriculture is responsible for eggs processed into egg products. the ag department is also responsible for health of young chicks. while the fda oversees the safety of the food that the chicks eat. got that? all told, 15 separate agencies have responsibility for food safety. in agency after agency the report finds overlapping programs wasting billions of dollars. programs that are almost never assessed to see if they are actually working. case in point, roads and trains. the report found 82 different programs with similar subscriptions in ten different agencies. and job training -- 47 different programs, 44 of them overlapping. >> well, it makes us look like jackasses. what would you think? you're paying men and women to come to congress to be good stewards of the money and you get a report out like this that says you're absolutely not good stewards of the money. >> reporter: this one.
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56 programs and 20 federal agencies designed to teach americans financial literacy. there's certainly a need for that. especially if the place that give us a $14 trillion debt. jonathan carl, abc news, capitol hill. some volunteer firefighters in northern virginia are in some big trouble after a weekend joyride. police say they were drunk when they took one of their department's rigs out for a spin. smart move, guys. a long a winding road, the fire truck veered into the path of a squad car and the police officer said he had to swerve off the road. that same officer then pulled the rig over. the fire firlt behind the wheel was charged with dui and other offenses. >> come on. taking out the fire truck. we're getting a look now at dramatic new pictures from hawaii's volcano. a new vent opened up in the volcano. scientists said areas near the vent could erupt or collapse without warning posing a threat to visitors or hikers in the
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area. kiauea has been erupting since 1923. it is clearing out in the southeast this morning after unusual severe weather system slammed parts of north carolina. a twister may have hit the central part of the state, toppling trees and knocking out power. and the city of asheville was drenched with a record rainfall of more than 2 inches in 24 hours. there are even more flood concerns after heavy snow fell on the north carolina mountains. man, is it spring yet? come on. >> seriously. >> oh, man. >> everyone's in line for decent weather. please. >> counting the days. how many? march 21st? 2 2nd? >> the time change, let's just get sunshine. >> amen. here's a look at your weather. stormy in the west. rain from san francisco up to seattle. expect up to 2 feet of mountain snow in the northern ee sara range. heavy snow in the rockies moving later into the plains. light snow from minnesota to michigan. snowy in vermont and maine but
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clearing out later. >> 40s in boston and new york. 50 in baltimore. 60 degrees in new orleans. dallas, 65. 47 in kansas city and 33 in detroit. a mild 73 in phoenix. albuquerque, 63. boise, 46. this story kind of blows my mind. fasten your seat belts. >> i know this guy. >> really? oh, good. he is not your average working stiff, but he is single-handedly boosting the economy of a tiny town in colorado. >> there he is. thousands of people descended on netherland colorado for the tenth annual frozen dead guy vest val. that's where he lives, in that small shed. it's home to a norwegian man cryogenically kept by his grandson. >> it includes a coffin race and a frozen guy look alike contest. tourist can visit the shed where grandpa is resting in piece is and also on some dry ice. >> good looking guy for being frozen. >> oh, man. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. you rock, colorado.
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welcome back, everyone. oprah winfrey is known to make people's dreams come true and she's done it again with the recent announcement of her new show on her new cable network. >> the show is about traveling the world but the host is someone you want to tune in to check out. abc news on campus reporter explains. >> reporter: meet zach. >> hey, america. >> reporter: the host of a new travel show on the oprah winfrey network. >> it's called rolling around the world with zach. >> reporter: and this isn't your typical travel show. >> me going to different cities around the country and then exploring them in a way that
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incorporates, you know, improve and meeting unique individuals and embracing the true spirit of travel where everything can go wrong and you just have to roll with it and have a good time. >> reporter: he specializes in comedy. >> i have something called cerebral palsy, which i believe is the sexiest of the palsies. >> reporter: and has a positive outlook on life. >> when life gives you wheelchair, make lemonade. >> reporter: but getting a show of his own was no easy task. after auditioning with thousands of other americans, he was selected as a top ten finalist and headed to l.a. to film the reality show "win your own show". >> it was super fast paced. there was very little sleep. >> reporter: both finalists were awarded they're own shows on the network. the most challenging part, keeping his win a secret.
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>> it was like living like a r hermit and not having people over because when you did, you couldn't have people talk about what you were doing. and people were like, hey, what you been up to? i had to be like, nothing. i don't know. and they're like, you don't know what you've been doing? nope, just kind of checked out of my own life. >> reporter: but he is no stranger to producing television. as a student at the university of texas, he acted in and produced a comedy show for the campus tv station. now at age 26, he and friends make short films through their self-owned company. >> i've met a lot of people. i've never seen anybody like him. >> reporter: as he moves forward in his television career, he says he won't forget those who have helped him become successful. >> i never want to lose sight of all the people that helped me get to this place. so, i just want to be thankful to each one of those people every day and never forget that
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i am where i am because of some of my experiences and the people that i know. >> reporter: for abc news on campus, melanie, austin, texas. >> when a great attitude. congrats to him. i cannot wait to see what he does. obviously, very funny guy. >> that show's in development. it's inspiring to see that kind of story. when she had her contest, he got some celebrity endorsements that helped him along and got the votes he needed. john mayer, perez hilton, media -- >> and if the hoff likes you, you're in. >> best of luck. coming up next, rocker phil collins makes a surprising career decision. >> did you miss your charlie sheen news over the weekend? don't worry, we have you caught up. we have a winning tv offer.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> excited for "the skinny." willis is in today. >> he loves "the skinny." >> he missed his charlie sheen news over the weekend. >> here's the update, the highlight.
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his latest twitter, he tweeted this -- interpret this how you will. it says fastball. the trolls are foaming from their toothless holes. rumor mill abundant with evil gossip. mainstream heretics smirking. >> what does that mean? >> i offer no interpretation. i don't know what this means. apparently now this thing is spiralling out of control and in talks with mark cuban, owner of the dallas mavericks. >> slightly weird, too. >> he's doing a show on hdnet that mark cuban owns and giving charlie a shot at his own talk show or reality show. they said still in discussion what the show will be but they're in talking. charlie's career could go that way. the thing he says is this, quoting cuban -- the thing i like most about charlie is that he loves to mess with the media. you guys fall hook, line and sinker. which is true. >> the two of them are examples of what can happen if you have
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too much money. the two of them, don't you think? >> it's a lot -- interesting partnership there. apparently he did a web cast called "sheen's corner." take a listen. >> and, of course, from my big beautiful brain welcome to "sheen's corner." you're in my corner or you're with the trolls. anyway, a big shout out to my children. daddy loves you. if you're watching, tell mom to leave the room. it's on. winning, winning, winning. >> 10 0,000 people tuned in to see this thing. 50-minute web cast. some people loved it, some people hated it. lastly, he says now he's going to go over with his buddy sean penn to help out the folks in haiti. so, apparently now on top of all this, he's a humanitarian. >> philanthropic side. >> sean says he would love the assistance. we'll see where that goes. that's your charlie update, for better or worse. >> you're up to speed. now you can go to work. now the day is done.
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>> now he rolls. moving on to phil collins. we all remember him, love phil collins songs. he gave an interview to fm magazine, which nobody really reads unless you find an old copy in the doctor's office. he says he's done with the music busy, 13 grammys, he says it's over. quoted, i'm sorry of it so successful. i didn't mean for it to happen that way. he says it's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me. who hates phil? who's he talking about? he says he has health problems. it's hard for him to hold his drum sticks. it's hard when you remember how great he was at the drums. >> poor phil. get better. lastly this morning, mike huckabee, a repeat of the murphy brown thing from years ago, upset because a mother allegedly is glamourizing single hood motherhood and now he's backtracking and saying natalie is an extraordinary mother, i'm glad she'll marry the baby's
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father. i did not slam nor attack natalie or criticize the hard working single mothers in our country. backtracking after a dust up with natalie portman. hó
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and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. a suspected serial rapist investigated for 17 attacks on women along the east coast will appear today in a connecticut courtroom. aaron thomas tried to take his life while in jail over the weekend but survived. secretary of state robert gates began his two-day visit to afghanistan. he's spending time with troops and military leaders. the government releases its report on gas prices this afternoon. one survey shows prices went up 33 cents a gallon over the past two weeks. not the news any of us want to hear. finally, it was only a matter of time before you guys were going to force me to put this thing on. >> you just got back from the club. stop lying. >> ever since i joined the show i learned about the "world news"
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snuggie. everyone has a reason to wear this. people are wearing pajamas a lot more so they can be comfortable. >> you look comfortable. the snuggie has set off a firestorm of wearing pjs in public. it's a comfortable trend not going anywhere. jeremy hubbard has more. >> reporter: what can you sleep in and party in? suddenly the pajama party has gone public. in a dizzying fog of fleece-filled info commercials. somehow pjs have become high fashion. everywhere you go, even when you've really got to go. >> forever lazy has zipper patches in front and back for great escapes. >> reporter: it all started with the snuggi. now there's an spire industry. >> the snazzy way to sleep while you travel. >> the hoody footy, head to toe comfortable yep, footed pjs for the whole family, even the
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family dog. a lot of people probably do buy these as a joke, right? >> they absolutely do. >> reporter: and then they realize they like it? >> it looks a little amusing but at the same time it's really comfortable and makes me feel good. >> reporter: how does it make you look? only one way to find out. this is sort of the ultimate lazy person wear, right? >> i think it's the ultimate comfort wear. you don't have to be lazy to like to be comfortable. >> reporter: fact is, sloth sells. even at up to $70 per pair, the vermont teddy bear company have sold more than 150,000 of the pjs just this winter. only to be rivalled by what could be the lazy clothing industry's biggest seller yet. >> do you love stylish, sexy jeans? do you love soft, comfy pajama bottoms? >> reporter: who said leaving the house in sweats make you look like a slob. they have fake fly, stitching, rivetses. >> taking them to the office and no one notices they're in pajama jeans. >> reporter: you may feel like a well outfitted couch potato, but
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when you're 
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this morning on "world news now" -- march mayhem. the powerful storm systems bringing unusual late winter tornadoes to louisiana and north carolina. >> the storm damage and also today's next big weather threat. it is monday, march 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. portions of the northeast can expect up to a foot and a half of snow this morning. that's already adding to increasing fears about flooding in the eastern half of the country. >> cannot catch a break this winter. >> we certainly got it here in new york, that's for sure. also ahead this half hour, the heart problem that may be more common than you think. it's actually led to the deaths
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of two promising teenage athletes just in the past week. heartbreaking stories. >> definitely. coming up a bit later, a member of the clergy questioning the existence of hell. the minister stirring up emotional debate. >> he hasn't worked this shift or he would know hell does exist. flood fears from downpours and unusual late winter tornadoes. >> flood watches and warnings are posted in more than a dozen states this morning in parts of the upper northeast and also new england. heavy snow is expected today. abc's larry jacobs reports on another round of wild weather. >> reporter: severe storms hit north carolina last night in wake county outside raleigh reports of a tornado and a powerful thunderstorm. >> one of my grand daurs was out running and she said she saw it coming across the field and it was about 500 foot up in the air, from what she could tell, just a swirl of debris. it's pretty scary. >> reporter: police had to block roads because so many trees and power lines were down.
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one house caught fire, possibly from a bolt of lightning. >> by the time we got up, it was just the wind. i went to the front and we saw the damage there. and it was gone. >> reporter: elsewhere in north carolina, record rainfall hit the asheville area, making roads impassable. flash flood watches and warnings went into effect for much of the weekend. around indianapolis the flood fears are even greater as the white river crests. neighbors are ready. >> where it gets to the point where the current is too strong to cross, i'll get in the boat. >> reporter: more rain expected across indiana, adding to the threat. in new england fears of floods across connecticut's farming ton river. elsewhere in new england, a looming snowstorm could make matters worse as property owners take precautions. in the small town of rayne, louisiana, clean-up continues after a deadly twister ripped through over the weekend. utility crews will do their best to restore electrical power perform larry jacobs, abc news, new york. and this morning at least
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one person is dead and a number of others injured after a tour bus crash in northeastern pennsylvania. it happened late last night on a highway just outside scranton. just as freezing rain was changing over to snow. police say maybe-t may be too soon to tell if bad weather is what led to that crash. a rainy day from seattle to portland and also to san francisco. heavy snow from the sierra range into the rockies. snow showers from the twin cities to the north of detroit and heavy snow winds down in northern new england. >> a wet 40 in boston. 50 in baltimore. and 60 in new orleans for mardi gras. indianapolis gets up to 47. chicago, 42. fargo, 13. 28 in billings. 22 in colorado springs. 60s in sacramento and albuquerque. a man suspected in a series of sexual assaults over more than a decade is due in court in connecticut today. aaron thomas is accused of being the so-called east coast rapist. he's suspected in at least 17
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different attacks from virginia to rhode island. he tried to take his life on saturday in his jail cell. he survived his suicide attempt and is expected to be in court again today. now to an issue that's getting a lot of attention. young seemingly healthy athletes dying while involved in games. last week a 16-year-old high school basketball player died in michigan and we learned over the weekend about another teen's death in colorado. clayton sandell reports from colorado. >> reporter: on this field 17-year-old rugby player matthew hammerdorfer took a powerful hit to the chest and collapsed. he was air lifted to a local hospital where he died. the coroner says the tragedy on this rugby field was caused by sudden cardiac death. experts say it happens far too often to young athletes in the prime of nir lives. it's estimated as many as 1 in 350 kids may have dangerous underlying heart conditions. >> athletes are probably at
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highest risk than the general population because they exercise more. and ironically, although we know exercise is a healthy benefit for all of us, in some persons with an underlying heart condition exercise can actually be the trigger for a sudden cardiac arrest. >> reporter: his death comes days after michigan basketball high school player wes leonard collapsed and died after scoring the winning shot for his team. >> just tearing me up because he was just a special kid with a passion that you just don't get to see all the time. >> reporter: young people dying of heart failure? it's far more common than most of us realize. stories like these are being repeated around the country with estimates as high as one death every three days. support groups like parent heart watch are trying to prevent these tragedies. they say young athletes should get early and mandatory screening with ekg. similar programs have successfully lowered the death rate if italy but medical groups in this country say the huge
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costs outweigh the benefits. groups also want schools and teams to have heart defibrillators at games and for coaches and parents to learn cpr. friends say matthew hammerdorfer was always smiling, always ready with a joke. now many are calling for new attention to a most serious problem. clayton sandel, abc news, ft. collins, colorado. secretary of defense robert gates has arrived in afghanistan where he'll spend the next two days. gates not a firsthand look at the war's progress before crucial decisions by president obama. troop withdrawals are still set to start in july but the size and scope of the pullout will depend on the military's progress in afghanistan. in libya, both sides are bracing for an intensifying day of violence as the country appears on the verge of civil war. thousands of pro-gadhafi supporters poured into tripoli's green square yesterday. they waved flags and sang the libyan national anthem. they appeared to celebrate
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advances by government forces to stop the opposition from overtaking the capital. dozens of migrant workers rescued from libya jumped ship rather than return to their homeland of bangladesh. at least three workers died. the search is on for more than a dozen still missing. they sailed from libya to the greek island of crete over the weekend. fuel prices are driving even higher due to the uncertain situation in oil-producing countries, including libya. the white house is now considering tapping the nation's oil reserves to increase supply and hopefully reduce prices. david kerley reports. >> reporter: another day, a new number. add a penny, a nickel more. the national average now $3.38 a gallon. but just in d.c. we found $3.99. and $4.55 a gallon. >> i need a break from gas prices. it's tough. it's tough for families these days. >> reporter: the government does have options to intervene. first, there's the strategic petroleum reserve. 727 million barrels squirrelled
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away in the ground for an emergency. some fors are calling to tap that reserve. >> i think they have to let the market work and the strategic oil reserve is there for emergencies. this is not an emergency. >> reporter: robin west is an oil industry consultant. >> that's not what the strategic petroleum reserve was built for. it was really built to deal with interruption of supply. i think that it would be a serious mistake to open it now. >> reporter: okay. if we don't tap the reserve, how about temporarily lift organize cutting the gas tax? >> it would be nice if there were reduction in maybe some gasoline tax. >> reporter: efforts to pass a gas tax holiday failed during 2008 and congress is unlikely to take action as it deals with budget woes. the third possibility, price controls. the government could dictate the highest price oil companies could sell gasoline. >> i'm not a big fan of government doing things about it. >> reporter: the last time government used price controls was in the early '70s when the
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government tried to control inflation and high energy costs by societying prices for goods. so, are there any good options? >> short term very little government can do. >> reporter: there's no indication the obama administration does plan to intervene. the real issue is the middle east. there is no shortage of oil or gas at this point. just the unrest, which is creating this fear and uncertainty. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> this might have been a scene from the show "the deadliest catch" if it wasn't real. an oil rig shut down for two weeks in the gulf of mexico caught fire. two men bailed out in a safety capsule and missed up by a passing ship. a coast guard helicopter picked them up and flew them to the hospital. no oil escaped into the water. space shuttle "discovery" is undocking from international space station this morning for the last time. the crews hugged good-bye after spending more than a week together. scott kelly said they're going to miss "discovery" most of all.
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"discovery" will be retired after returning to earth on friday. "endeavour" is set for april. "atlant "atlantis" will wrap up the program in june. >> very cool. the skyline over austin, texas, dazzled with rainbow colors. >> thousands of onlookers turned out as kites of all shapes and sizes took to the clear blue skies. professional kite masters showed op their elaborate airborne contraptions. >> that looks like the only place in the country with nice weather. that dates back 83 years, making it the longest continual running event of its kind in the entire country. >> which is kind of cool. they got luck y too, because thunderstorms. threatening that area. luckily, blue skies, plenty of sunshine. >> that's what we got. you were skiing, i know. >> yeah. grand park city, good weather for most of the time, too. it's always good to be home and not fearing for your life at the edge of a mountain. >> very good.
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the debate over heaven and hell has been waged for thousands of years. now a popular evangelical pastor is taking it one step further. >> he's going against his own faith and asking, is there really a hell? it's a question that has sparked outrage from the church all the way to the blogosphere. linsey davis reports. >> the problem with the teaching is this wasn't something that i was attempted to do in the first place. >> reporter: "time" magazine calls rob bell a singular rock
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star in the church world. and his new book is already causing a commotion. the book is called "love wins: heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived." in it he puts the notion of hell on trial. >> will only a few select people make it to heaven? and will billions and billions of people burn forever in hell? >> reporter: his argument, a loving god would never sentence human souls to human suffering. ivevangelicals are calling that haircy. >> if he denies the existence of hell, this is betrayal of biblical truth that has severe consequences. >> reporter: chatter about the book has caused an eruption in the blog fear 37 there's nothing loving about preaching a false gospel and rob bell, so glad you took off your sheep's clothing. there were also supporters. remember, judge not lest you be judged.
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that's god's job. >> i think the people going after rob bell are themselves closer to haircy than rob is. >> reporter: bell's book is sparking fierce debate about the good book. >> jesus' message is the love of god is stronger than anything we can do and the forgiveness of god is stronger, so why would that god be torturing people in some made up hell? >> jesus was himself very, very clear about the reality and threat of hell. >> reporter: the word "hell" appears in king james bible 54 times. but in the most recent pew survey, only 59% of americans believe in it. >> gandhi's in hell. he is? someone knows this for sure? >> reporter: reverend jones says there's nothing unique about bell's teaching. >> seken cen tuchlt. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york.
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>> well, amazing how it worked up some folks will get over something we can never know for sure. >> guessing continues. >> and will -- will continue in heaven and hell. >> just don't bring it up at a dinner party. apparently hell looks something like the flame thing you just saw. >> apparently. controversy is always good for sales. it's supposed to come out march 26th but because of the controversy, they bumped up release date to march 15th. when we come back, a memorable scene in a disanyway animated feature film. >> now an attempt to raise a house with with helium balloons. did we do a news story about this, balloon boy? man on radio: mission is a go. you are good to go. so, have you made your decision yet? yeah, i think so. the wishes of thousands of children
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well, in the movie "up" a cranky old man who's had enough with the world ties balloons to his house to float away from it all. something you could possibly do in real life. >> or could you? the national geographic channel wanted to recreate this famous scene and they invited abc's diana alvear along for the ride. >> reporter: it's a moment of pure movie magic. a house setting sail, held up only by party balloons. most movie goers who saw "up" said simply amazing. but two men wondered, how hard can it be to make a house fly? >> we discovered really it's probably close to impossible to actually fly a real house. >> but what you can do, as we've done here s fly a lightweight house and fly it safely with people on board. >> reporter: at least that's what their initial calculations implied. so they trekked to california's
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high desert. where dozens of volunteers joined them. working through the night in mere freezing temperatures. to build this little yellow house. and fill 300 balloons. each eight feet tall and each consuming an entire tank of helium. the two pilots issued instructions every step of the way. >> keep that going and i'll be back. >> reporter: if it worked, it would be the largest cluster balloon flight ever attempted. >> first time for everything. that's what makes it fun. >> reporter: as daylight approached, time was running out. and everyone, including me, got to work. it's a good thing i'm i've bony working out. but the scheduled takeoff time came and went. they're actually putting more helium and more balloons to make sure this thing can get off the round. just holding one of these is a workout in itself. the longer the house stayed on the ground, the higher the
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tension rose. would all this work be for nothing? how are you feeling right about now? >> i'm feeling pretty tired and stressed. >> reporter: but hope stayed afloat just long enough. until finally -- >> so long, boys! >> reporter: -- like in the movie, the house began to rise and rise and rise. ♪ a little yellow house soaring with the help of hundreds of balloons, setting a world record along the way. diana alvear, abc news. >> i think you put it best. you said these people should get together with the kite people we were talking about earlier and have a big party. throw some stuff up in the air, watch it fly away. >> time well spent. in case you're wondering, i know you are, the whole floating of the house experiment is part of a national geographic channel series. it's called "how hard can it be"
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and it will air in the fall of 2011. there you go. >> a lot of time on their hands. >> oh, yes. >> oh, boy. we'll be right back.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." and time now for your "morning papers." starting off with a pretty incredible story. when you fly with kids, things can be rough. we have a story from a mom and dad on a flight from fiji to sydney with their 7-month-old son, riley. dad was playing a game of peek-a-boo with this little boy. a flight attendant got involved, thought it would be funny to put him in the overhead compartment and shut it. >> it is funny. >> mom didn't find it funny. she got upset. the flight attendant has been fired and said they shouldn't have put the son in the overhead compartment. mom says he was in there in complete darkness. he's now 20 months old and
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suffering from withdrawal. he sleeps with mom. mom and dad have separated. my question is, did they charge mom 45 bucks in the overhead compartment? >> items tend to shift during flight. >> ten seconds, riley is traumatiz traumatized, flight attendant got sacked. what do you think? >> it's dumb. i mean, why -- she knew putting a kid in an overhead bin? >> the dad and kid were playing, flight attendant got in, no harm intended. nonetheless, that's the case. >> maybe they got extra peanuts. >> free cocktail. >> i didn't play with dolls as a young man -- young boy, but -- >> sure. >> willis did. >> come on. >> but apparently ken, everyone know's barbie's beau. he's turning 50 years old. >> he's good looking for 50. >> he's come through many incar nations. he's had sky blue short shorts with a matching man mag, styling
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gel in his hair, neon, plastic surgery. some museum, lakewood heritage center will have a little party for ken and celebrate his 50th birthday. he and barb died in 2004, she was dating an australian guy named blaine but for vaden tine's day, they're back together. ken is 50 years old. latest model for ken. but whatever -- >> ken has good pecs. our men, including ken, looking good at 50, stuck in the state of perpetual adolescence. new book is out saying basically men are putting off marriage and children and it means they are staying in a perpetual state of adolescence by delaying this maybe inevitable choice for their lifestyles. some men say basically they are reacting to their parents' generation where there are a lot of divorces and waiting for the right person to make sure the same fate doesn't fall upon them. >> i think there's truth to that. guys are a little more skiddish
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about the marriage thing. growing up is hard to as their national spokesman. during that time, i have met some of the most amazing men and women, who were injured in the war on terror in iraq and afghanistan. i have visited the hospitals and have witnessed the enduring spirits of those recovering. these brave warriors have suffered catastrophic injuries. many are missing limbs or have been badly burned. some will suffer through the effects of traumatic brain injuries for the rest of their lives. regardless of your position on the war, one thing is for certain --
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this morning on "world news now" -- fuel fears. rapidly rising prices and impact on american drivers. >> emergency move considered now by the white house that might make a difference at the pump. it's monday, march 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> good morning. i'm rob nelson. the obama administration may tap the nation's oil reserves to increase supply to ease the prices. it's an unusual move and hasn't always worked in the past. and also ahead -- which republican might emerge as leading contender in the 2012 presidential race? five potential candidates go to
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iowa today to test out those waters. surprising names in the mix. >> didn't we just have an election two weeks ago? >> seems like it. the hottest toys of this year, large and small, that should amaze and excite your kids. you know, even adults, if you're a kid at heart, cool stuff out there. stay tuned for all of that. >> looking forward to that. first, oil prices marched higher in early overseas trading to their highest level in more than two years. >> pushing gas prices here at home to $4 a gallon in some cities. as david kerley roeports, the white house is considering a pretty dramatic move. >> reporter: for the first time since middle east fighting started quickly pushing up gas prices, the president is thinking about tapping into the country's oil reserves. >> the issue of the reserves is one we're considering. it is something that only is done and has been done in very rare occasions. >> reporter: along the gulf coast is the nation's oil piggy bank. 727 million barrels storied in
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underground salt domes there to protect against a sudden cutoff of supply. there is no shortage of oil and gas, just uncertainty about the future. so, is it the right time to tap the reserve? >> it's a good idea to signal the readiness to use it but the condition for using it are not there yet. >> reporter: but with the economy just starting to rebound, and then drivers, also known as voters, complaining about gas prices, there may be plenty of political pressure. >> so, are we using this now as a political football in essence? >> it always has been. it was from the start. >> reporter: he studied president clinton's release of some of the reserve back in 200 shortly before election and concluded politics drove the decision and there was no conclusion the release lowered gas prices. president obama could receive similar criticism if he opens the relief now. >> this decision, i think, would have a bad odor to it. so, he's probably weighing whether the politics will go north or south and we'll see. >> reporter: as a candidate,
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mr. obama was not opposed to a release from the oil reserve back in 2008. now he's considering a move, that certainly didn't seem to be the reserve two weeks ago when he said, we'll be able to ride out the libya situation and it will stabilize. david kerley, abc news, washington. both sides fighting for power are bracing for another day of violence. thousands of pro-gadhafi supporters poured into tip olli's green square yesterday waving flags and singing the libyan national anthem. meanwhile, forces loyal to gadhafi have stepped up bloody attacks to stop a rebel advance toward that country's capital. and american forces are helping ease the humanitarian crisis as thousands of refugees pour over the libyan border. the air force has taken hundreds of egyptian citizens in tunisia to the airport in cairo. the u.n. is launching an all-out appeal for aid today in geneva to meet the needs of those still
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stranded. opposition forces are trying to dispel moammar gadhafi's claims of victory. the rebels have maintained a stand in the eastern part of libya. lama hasan reports from the city of benghazi. >> reporter: opposition forces say they are still in control of towns here in the east. in spite of colonel gadhafi's claims. >> for us, we are very used to his rumors. and we know that what he used to use for 42 years now. >> reporter: state television is reporting gadhafi forces are marching here to benghazi, now the unofficial capital of the opposition. we set off to find out. driving west from benghazi through this desolate land we saw no signs of pro-gadhafi troops on the road. but we heard accounts of attacks by air. we were just on the road to brega and we stopped by a police station and we heard the sirens. they warned us to get out of the area because a car that was on
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the way to ras lanuf was hit by a rocket. fierce fighting is still raging in pockets of the country. in misrata, 120 miles west of tripoli, rebels pushed back and attacked by helicopter gun ships. they expect another attack. but the rebels also had a setback as they tried to head to gadhafi's hometown of sirte, they were repelled by air strikes. it is a massacre, this rebel fighter told us. i saw people die in front of me. even children, he said. lama hasan, abc news, benghazi, libya. in other news, a man suspected in a long series of sexual assaults will appear today in a courtroom in connecticut. aaron thomas is believed to be the so-called east coast rapist. he's suspected in at least 17 attacks from virginia all the way up to rhode island. he tried to take his life saturday inside a jail cell. paramedics took thomas to the hospital where he recovered. now he's back in jail awaiting his court appearance.
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well, it was a day of dueling budget protests in wisconsin. supporters of republican governor walker got together at an arena in madison. they back walker's attempt to strip state workers of most of their collective bargaining rights. many more protesters were outside that arena to voice their continued opposition to walker's plan. they say it's nothing more than an attempt to bust unions. five republicans who were considering a possible run for president next year will be in iowa today to test the political waters. so far, though, no republican has emerged in the race. at least one potential candidate is stirring up plenty of controversy. abc's rick klein explains. >> reporter: in a presidential race that's taking its time to develop, one possible candidate found an unlikely opponent. oscar winner natalie portman, who thanked the father of her soon-to-be born child at the ceremony. >> my beautiful love has now given me my most important role of my life. >> the people see a natalie portman or some other hollywood
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starlet who boasts of, hey, look, we're having children. we're not married but we're having these children and they're doing just fine. >> reporter: mike huckabee, former and possible future republican candidate for president later said he never meant to attack portman. but huckabee's comments came the same week as another head-scratcher where he wrongly asserted that president obama was raised in kenya. it's the kind of unforced error presidential candidates can't afford. another likely candidate, mitt romney, used the weekend appearance in new hampshire to attack a more traditional target. president obama and his health care law. >> one thing i would never do is usurp the constitutional power of states with a one size fits all federal takeover. i would repeal obamacare. >> reporter: this time four years ago there were 17 presidential candidates and one had already dropped out. this time around, two candidates are all that are in the republican field. the field is late developing but lots of republicans will be in before it's over. rick klein, abc news,
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washington. it was a frightening night for some people in north carolina who will wake up this morning to a trail of twisted debris. a tornado may have touched down north of raleigh as severe storms ripped through the southern half of the country over the week en. strok winds snapped trees and power lines, scattered roof shingles everywhere. utility crews have been busy there restoring power. >> a rough night. here's your monday forecast now. morning showers from boston to maine and snow in parts of new york and northern new england. some light snow from the twin cities to milwaukee and michigan. rain from seattle to san francisco. and some heavy snow from the sierra range into the rockies. >> 40s from seattle to salt lake city. just 13 degrees in fargo. 33 in minneapolis. and 42 in chicago. 43 degrees here in new york. 58 in atlanta. 80 degrees in miami. here goes, rob, the beads out already. >> oh, yeah. >> it's that time of year. >> it is. this is a story near and dear do my heart. it is mardi gras time once again in my adopted hometown of new orleans.
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>> all right. they had to fit two days of parades and festivities into just one yesterday. most of that outdoor fun was washed out by rain on saturday. i didn't think people gave into rain during mardi gras. >> if they do, they don't feel it, trust me. they got right back to things yesterday, i have no doubt. as a veteran of my fair share of mardi gras celebrations, 11 straight, i had to count them before i got on the air, things are just getting into high gear. they'll remain that way through fat tuesday, which of course is tomorrow. fat tuesday is actually the last day of carnival season. it started way back in early january. they go strong this past weekend into tomorrow. >> you say new orleans but some people say new orleans. >> new orleans, new orleans, don't just -- just don't say new orleans. that's how they know you're a local, a tourist. >> what did you do to get those beads? >> no comment on that, peggy. i'd have to kill you if i tell you. more "world news now" coming up after this.
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welcome back. we turn to the mysterious disappearance of a san diego
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student who was studying in spain. 22-year-old austin bice went to a party in madrid last friday but hasn't been seen since. >> his parents are frantic. they're in a race against the clock to find their son before it's too late. mike marusarz has the story. >> reporter: searchers are frantically covering madrid, spain, with 22-year-old austin taylor bice's picture. >> i want to say thank you for being here. it's hard for me to talk about it but thank you. >> reporter: his father flew from their home in san diego to lead the effort. his son arrived in january as a san diego state university foreign exchange student. >> everyone's helping try to look for austin. there's thousands of posters with ms. picture on it. they call him the smile of madrid. because he has a beautiful smile. >> reporter: his last blog entry on february 25th included a flyer to a party and reads, hopefully it will not disappoint. i assume it will not. it's am madrid and should be a fun night. austin hasn't been seen since.
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one theory circulating in spain suggests bice was turned away from a club for being too drunk and decided to walk home alone. but friends and family say it's unclear why he was turned away. >> they're just trying to find if he -- he made a wrong turn. they believe he was not thinking clearly. we don't know if he was drugged or if he was mugged, if he was -- if he fell and hit his head. we just know that he's not thinking clearly. >> reporter: investigators are also examining the city's surveillance video. austin's cell phone signal is still active but his voice mail is full and he hasn't checked his e-mail since the day he disappeared. while the investigation continue, so does the worry for what it may reveal. >> we have all that great support from madrid, but we -- no one has seen our son. so, we just need to keep going and have those people help us
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look for him so we can get him home. >> can't imagine what those parents are going through. >> heartbreaking. >> you hope there's a happy ending. the reports he showed up at this nightclub, had too much to drink, was turned away but people who knew him best said this kid was not a heavy drinker, wasn't a partier at all. >> so that wouldn't fit his personality. >> not at all. >> the campus at san diego state says they have a candlelight vigil they're going to hold tonight for him just to keep, you know, everybody thinking about this. of course his parents working very hard overseas. >> his dad is there leading the search. again, hope there's a happy ending. big business developing toys that will amaze and entice your kids. >> i checked out the best of the best from this year's big toy show held right here in new york. you'll see all those great toys and the standouts when we come right back. let's turn over this log. yeah! both: whoa! i like the big black ones.
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welcome back, everybody. well, new york city is known for being the center of the universe when it comes to fashion, finance and entertainment but every february for a few days the big apple becomes the center of the toy universe. thousands of vendors from around the world bring their best to the annual toy fair. our toy contributor was there checking everything out. ira, thank you for being here. >> pleasure. >> you had a chance to play with a lot of cool stuff. tell us what's going to be hot with the kids. >> this is remarkable from walgreens drugstore, they have their own line of plush animals. if you go to a major toy store you would pay $80 to $125. at walgreens, $29.95. great deal. because they have over 7500 stores throughout the country. >> they're ul over the place. >> they can bring the price down. maybe you know an anchor that just had kids and you want to give them a plush animal.
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>> the fact you can get them relatively inexpensive. >> and very inexpensive. also a bunch of college students came together and said we want to make 3d mechanical dinosaurs. they came out with robotime. price range from $16 to $19.95. no glue. they just snap together. >> just like that. you can build it and -- >> download your books, now you can have something to role play with. >> very cool. two other -- >> same line of thought. >> two out of college, saw "jurassic park" and came up with dinosaur bags. madpax.com, $40 to $60 and they're remarkable. >> they're cool looking. >> different. >> don't put anyone's eye out with it. >> and it's bullet proof -- no. and then a whole line of historical trains. this is the dewitt clinton line, first steam engine, $125. also 150th anniversary of the
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civil war is coming out. the same company is coming out with trains for the south and north. those are large scale, $200, $300. >> i think every boy growing up has a time set. i know i did. timeless gift. >> everybody watching the oscars on abc, if you wanted to be a diner tied in with "project runway," if you want to do makeup, make clothing, shoes, clothes for your dog, they have kits. $16.95 to under39.9 5. >> a great price for that. "project runway" a huge tv show these days. >> watching the oscars, everybody wants their kid to win oscar for best music score. show nut has been around for over 100 years. a great piano. $75, first piano. they come $10 0, $200, $300 up to $4,000. harp, $125. classic. >> bring out that inner musical genius here.
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you showed me this earlier. >> commissioner gordon was on the phone looking for batman. i'm tired of people with the iphones talking to loud and getting radiation poisoning. from ups.com, plug it in and you can talk on the phone. easy. nice and loud. >> and you don't get any strange looks when you whip that out in a meeting? >> if i'm at a bar or restaurant, everybody comes over. a crowd pleaser. >> this i love. >> from wowie.com, the cinnamon swivel, $300, a projector, plugs into your iphone also. you can project a 50-foot picture. >> that's inedible. >> anything you want. we're in a production meeting, bam, just like that. of course, watching abc "world news now." >> an excellent point. i like you already, ira. good man. really cool stuff. thank you so much. for "world news now" distributor ira, we thank you for coming by. a lot of cool stuff up here for the kids and for some more great stuff you can check out ira's
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ordinary lizard guy until he's tapped to save the down of dirt from being eaten by a evil rattle snake. rattle snake jake. this sounds elementary and for kids, but actually it's very smart, a very witty movie and good for adults, too. rango, you see him, johnny depp, he plays the role of the hero and he's trying to save the town from being eaten because everybody's a lizard. take a listen. >> ow. what was that for? >> you're funny looking. >> oh, yeah? you're funny looking, too. >> that's a funny looking shirt. >> that's a funny looking dress. >> you got funny looking eyes. >> you got a funny looking face. >> you're a stranger. strangers don't last long here. >> okay. >> that's how we met. >> i don't get what you say, even though it's animated thing, it was a great movie. directed by the director who
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directed depp in pirates of the caribbean movie. 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. >> you had a good weekend as did i who saw "adjustment bureau" with matt damon. they meet in this bathroom, a weird situation in their lives. instant chemistry between the to. but the adjustment bureau steps in, look, you two meeting, getting together is not part of your plan, mr. damon. as they step in to stop it. take a listen. >> you put us together three times. >> thaent t wasn't us. that was just chance. >> why do you want to keep us apart? >> because the plan said so. >> you misread then. >> there's no misreading the plan -- >> the plan's wrong. >> do you know who wrote it? >> i don't care. >> you should. you should really show a little respect. >> if i'm not supposed to be with her, how come i feel like this? >> i like this movie. 3 1/2 stars for me. i thought emily and matt had a good chemistry, and i like the
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this morning on "world news now" -- fierce fight. the intense power struggle in libyan cities as moammar gadhafi military pounds rebel forces. >> with violence escalating it appears gadhafi will not let go of his power any time soon. it's monday, march 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. happy monday. everyone's favorite day of the week. i'm rob nelson. >> tongue in cheek there. i'm peggy bunker. while the rebels cling to eastern libya, gadhafi supporters took to the streets of the capital in what looked like a celebration in the middle of a very uncertain situation. >> no end in sight there. amazing. clinging to power. also ahead, anger and frustration from muslim
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americans before some capitol hill hearings this week. they say the u.s. government is unfairly targeting them because of their religion. >> and you know she's got the golden touch. oprah winfrey has a knack for identifying new tv talent. we're going to meet a young comic in a wheelchair who is so promising he's landed his own show. >> on her network. inspiring story. >> absolutely. >> really is. before that, the fighting in libya has escalated drastically. gadhafi's military used gun ships, helicopters and rockets. to found rebel forces. >> hospitals in the rebel-controlled cities are trying to cope with the constant flow of wounded fighters. lama hasan reports from benghazi. >> reporter: fierce battles raged on sunday's rebel fighters pushing westward toward tripoli were met by air attacks and ground forces loyal to libya's leader moammar gadhafi. >> bombs and bullets. we were trying to escape and come back.
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i was begging everybody to, like, give me a ride. it was really scary. >> reporter: front line now appears to lie between two towns ras lanuf and bin jawad. abc news was able to make it as far as brega before being turned around by rebels, telling us it was just too dangerous to proceed. we heard from them that a massacre was taking place in bin jawad, gadhafi's troops were firing indiscriminantly into civilian areas. in tripoli, one city still firmly in gadhafi's grip, gunfire. >> this is the truth. we love moammar gadhafi. >> we love moammar gadhafi. >> reporter: according to libyan authorities, it was celebratory, claiming government forces had reclaimed several cities, including ras lanuf. and misrata. the residents in both say the opposition remains in control. lama hasan, abc news, benghazi, libya. dozens of migrant workers rescued from libya jumped ship rather than return home to
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bangladesh. at least three of the workers died and more than a dozen are still missing. the group sailed from libya to the greek island of crete over the weekend. they were among the thousands of workers now being evacuated from libya. there's a showdown looming between a powerful u.s. lawmaker and members of the american muslim community over a hearing set this week on capitol hill and led to big protest at new york's times square. here's linsey davis. >> you want to live by the united states constitution, then leave this country -- >> reporter: protesters showed up for a showdown about a congressional hearing scheduled for later this week. >> it's unamerican to go and attack muslims. >> reporter: representative peter king of new york, the chairman of the house homeland security committee, says affiliates of al qaeda are radicalizing some american muslims and thursday's hearing is about the threat they pose to the u.s. >> there's self-radicalization going on within the muslim community, within a small minority but it's there. >> reporter: hundreds of protesters showed up in times square to say muslims shouldn't
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be singled out under any circumstances. >> what i want us to do now is not go down the same road as mccarthyism, not to target a whole community with the fault of the actions of a few. >> reporter: the imam initially behind the controversial islamic center near ground zero was among those who condemned the hearing. do you see this hearing as a potential vilification of the muslim community? >> that is the perception. the real enemy is not islam muslims, the real enemy is radicalization and extremism. >> reporter: down the street, a much smaller group stood in support of the hearing. >> i am here because i'm opposed to terrorism in the united states. >> reporter: representative mike honda likened the years he spent in a japanese internment camp during world war ii to what's happening now. >> we know from the past you don't solve problems by victimizing one group. >> reporter: a member of the obama administration reiterated the government success at preventing al qaeda from radicalizing americans would only come from a partnership
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with the muslim community. linsey davis, abc news, new york. supporters of wisconsin's republican governor have been showing their support for his controversial budget plan. hundreds gathered at an arena in madison yesterday. it was the end of a four-day bus tour backing walker's proposal, of course, to strip state employees of their collective bargaining rights. meanwhile, pro-union demonstrators outnumbered the governor supporters at the arena. voicing their strong opposition to walker's plan. the issue of government waste is right in the middle of the federal budget debate and a budget agreement is not even close. democrats and republicans are now about $50 billion apart. as jonathan karl reports, a new report offers plenty of ideas about making cuts. >> reporter: even when it comes to chickens and eggs, there are a tangle of overlapping and redundant programs. it's almost embarrassing. the food and drug administration is responsible for ensuring that eggs are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. the department of agriculture is
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responsible for eggs processed into egg products. the ag department is also responsible for health of young chicks. while the fda oversees the safety of the food that the chicks eat. got that? all told, 15 separate agencies have responsibility for food safety. in agency after agency the report finds overlapping programs wasting billions of dollars. programs that are almost never assessed to see if they are actually working. case in point, roads and trains. the report found 82 different programs with similar descriptions in ten different agencies. and job training -- 47 different programs, 44 of them overlapping. >> well, it makes us look like jackasses. what would you think? you're paying men and women to come to congress to be good stewards of the money and you get a report out like this that says you're absolutely not good stewards of the money. >> reporter: then there's this one.
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there are 56 programs in 20 federal agencies designed to teach americans financial literacy. there's certainly a need for that. especially in the place that gave us a $14 trillion debt. jonathan karl, abc news, capitol hill. some volunteer firefighters in northern virginia are in some big trouble after a weekend joyride. police say they were drunk when they took one of their department's rigs out for a spin. smart move, guys. along a winding road, though, the fire truck veered into the path of a squad car. the police officer said he had to swerve off the road. that same officer then pulled the rig over. the firefighter behind the wheel was charged with dui and other offenses. >> come on. taking out the fire truck. we're getting a look now at dramatic new pictures from hawaii's kilauea volcano. lava shot 65 feet in the air when a new vent opened up in the volcano. scientists said areas near the vent could erupt or collapse without warning posing a threat to visitors or hikers in the area.
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kailua has been erupting since 1983. beautiful pictures, though. >> look at that. >> incredible. it is clearing out in the southeast this morning after unusual severe weather system slammed parts of north carolina. a twister may have hit the central part of the state, toppling trees and knocking out power. and the city of asheville was drenched with a record rainfall of more than 2 inches in 24 hours. there are even more flood concerns after heavy snow fell on the north carolina mountains. man, is it spring yet? come on. >> seriously. >> oh, man. >> everyone's in line for decent weather. please. >> counting the days. how many? march 21st? 22nd? it's coming. >> just the time change. let's just get some sunshine. >> really. amen. here's a look at your weather. stormy in the west. rain from san francisco up to seattle. expect up to 2 feet of mountain snow in the northern sierra range. heavy snow in the rockies moving later into the plains. light snow from minnesota to michigan. snowy in vermont and maine but clearing out later. >> 40s in boston and new york.
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50 in baltimore. 60 degrees in new orleans. dallas, 65. 47 in kansas city and 33 in detroit. a mild 73 in phoenix. albuquerque, 63. boise, 46. this story kind of blows my mind. fasten your seat belts. he is -- >> i know this guy. >> really? oh, good. he is not your average working stiff, but he is single-handedly boosting the economy of a tiny town in colorado. >> there he is. thousands of people descended on netherland, colorado, for the tenth annual frozen dead guy festival. that's where he lives, in that small shed. it's home to a norwegian man cryogenically kept by his grandson. >> who wouldn't love that? festivities include a coffin race and a frozen guy look-alike contest. tourists can also visit the shed where grandpa is resting in peace and also on dry ice. >> good looking guy for being frozen. >> oh, man. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. you rock, colorado.
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welcome back, everyone. oprah winfrey is known to make people's dreams come true and she's done it again with the recent announcement of her new show on her new cable network. >> the show is about traveling the world but the host is someone you want to tune in to check out. abc news on campus reporter explains. >> reporter: meet zach anner, the host of a new travel show on the oprah winfrey network. >> it's called "rolling around the world with zach anner." >> reporter: and this isn't your typical travel show. >> me going to different cities around the country and then exploring them in a way that
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incorporates, you know, improv and meeting unique individuals and embracing the true spirit of travel where everything can go wrong and you just have to roll with it and have a good time. >> reporter: anner specializes in comedy. >> i have something called cerebral palsy, which i believe is the sexiest of the palsies. >> reporter: and has a positive outlook on life. >> when life gives you wheelchair, make lemonade. >> reporter: but getting a show of his own was no easy task. after auditioning with thousands of other americans, he was selected as a top ten finalist and headed to l.a. to film the reality show "win your own show." >> it was super fast paced. there was very little sleep. and very little time to think. >> reporter: both finalists were awarded their own shows on the network. the most challenging part, keeping his win a secret. >> it was like living like a
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hermit, you know, and not really having people over because when you did, you couldn't talk about what you were doing. and people were like, hey, what you been up to? i had to be like, nothing. i don't know. and they're like, you don't know what you've been doing? nope, just kind of checked out of my own life. >> reporter: but anner is no stranger to producing television. as a student at the university of texas, he acted in and produced a comedy show for the campus tv station. now at age 26, he and friends make short films through their self-owned company. >> i've met a lot of people. i've never seen anybody like him. >> reporter: as and as anner moves forward in his television career, he says he won't forget those who have helped him become successful. >> i never want to lose sight of all the people that helped me get to this place. so, i just want to be thankful to each one of those people every day and never forget that
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i am where i am because of some of my experiences and the people that i know. >> reporter: for abc news on campus, melanie, austin, texas. >> what a great attitude. >> wow. >> congrats to him. i cannot wait to see what he does. obviously, very funny guy. >> that show's in development. it's inspiring to see that kind of story. when she had her contest, he got some celebrity endorsements that helped him along and got the votes he needed. john mayer chimed in, perez hilton, david hasselhoff, media -- >> and if the hoff likes you, you're in. >> best of luck. congratulations, zach. cool guy. coming up next, rocker phil collins makes a surprising career decision. >> did you miss your charlie sheen news over the weekend? don't worry, we have you caught up. we have a winning tv offer. stay tuned. we have a winning tv offer.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> excited for "the skinny." willis is into it today. >> he loves "the skinny." >> he missed his charlie sheen news over the weekend. >> yes, charlie sheen. here's the update, the
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highlight. his latest twitter, he tweeted this -- interpret this how you will. i don't know what it means. it says fastball. the trolls are foaming from their toothless holes. rumor mill abundant with evil gossip. mainstream heretics smirking. there you go. >> what does that mean? >> i offer no interpretation. i don't know what that means. apparently now this thing is spiraling out of control and he's in talks with mark cuban, owner of the dallas mav vicks -- >> slightly weird, too. >> he's talking about doing a show on hdnet that mark cuban owns and giving charlie a shot at his own talk show or reality show. they said still in discussion what the show will be but they're in talks. charlie's career could go that way. the thing he says is this, quoting cuban -- the thing i like most about charlie is that he loves to mess with the media. you guys fall hook, line and sinker. which is kind of true. we are kind of blowing this thing up every day.
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>> what can happen if you have too much money, the two of them, don't you think? >> an interesting partnership. apparently he did a web cast called "sheen's corner." take a listen. >> and, of course, from my big beautiful warlock brain, welcome to "sheen's corner." you're in my corner or you're with the trolls. anyway, a big shout out to my children. daddy loves you. if you're watching, tell mom to leave the room. it's on. winning, winning, winning. >> 100,000 people tuned in to see this thing. 50-minute web cast. some people loved it, some people hated it. lastly on the charlie front this morning, he says he's going to go with his buddy sean penn to help out the folks in haiti. so, apparently now on top of all this, he's a humanitarian. >> philanthropic side. >> sean says he would love the assistance. we'll see where that goes. that's your charlie update, for better or worse. >> you're up to speed. now you can go to work. now the day is done. >> now he rolls. he's winning.
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moving on to phil collins. we all remember him, love phil collins songs. he gave an interview to "fmh" magazine, which nobody around here reads, unless you find an old copy in the doctor's office. he says he's done with the music busy, 13 grammys, he says it's over. quoted, i'm sorry of it so successful. i didn't mean for it to happen that way. he's talking about his career. he says it's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me. who hates phil? who's he talking about? he has some health problems. he says it's hard for him to hold his drum sticks. it's hard when you remember how great he was at the drums. >> poor phil. get better. lastly this morning, mike huckabee, natalie portman going at it, a repeat of the murphy brown thing from years ago, upset because a mother allegedly is glamorizing single motherhood and now he's backtracking saying, natalie is an
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extraordinary mother. i'm glad she'll marry the baby's father. i did not slam nor attack natalie or criticize the hard working single mothers in our country. backtracking after a dust up with natalie portman. hó
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anhere and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. a suspected serial rapist investigated for 17 attacks on women along the east coast will appear today in a connecticut courtroom. aaron thomas tried to take his life while in jail over the weekend but survived. secretary of state robert gates began his two-day visit to afghanistan. he's spending time with troops and military leaders. the government releases its report on gas prices this afternoon. one survey shows prices went up 33 cents a gallon over the past two weeks. not the news any of us want to hear. finally, it was only a matter of time before you guys were going to force me to put this thing on. >> that's right. you just got back from the club. stop lying. >> ever since i joined the show i learned about the "world news" snuggie. this apparently was pulled out of the bottom of the foul drawer
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so i could whip this on. everyone has a reason to wear this. people are wearing pajamas a lot more so they can be comfortable. >> you look pretty comfortable this morning. the snuggie has set off a firestorm of wearing pjs in public. and with its amazing success, it's a comfortable trend not going anywhere. jeremy hubbard has more. >> what can you sleep in and party? >> reporter: suddenly the pajama party has gone public. in a dizzying fog of fleece-filled infommercials. somehow pjs have become high fashion. everywhere you go, even when you've really got to go. >> forever lazy has zipper patches in front and back for great escapes. >> reporter: it all started with the snugge. >> the blanket that has sleeves. >> reporter: now there's an entire industry. >> the snazzy way to sleep while you travel. >> the hoodie-footie, head to toe comfort. >> reporter: yep, footed pjs for
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the whole family, even the family dog. a lot of people probably do buy these as a joke, right? >> they absolutely do. >> reporter: and then they realize they like it? >> it looks a little amusing but at the same time it's really comfortable and makes me feel good. >> reporter: how does it make you look? only one way to find out. this is sort of the ultimate lazy person wear, right? >> i think it's the ultimate comfort wear. you don't have to be lazy to like to be comfortable. >> reporter: fact is, sloth sells. even at up to $70 per pair, the vermont teddy bear company, makers of the hoodie-footie, have sold 150,000 of the pjs just this winter. only to be rivalled by what could be the lazy clothing industry's biggest seller yet. >> do you love stylish, sexy jeans? do you love soft, comfy pajama bottoms? >> reporter: who said leaving the house in sweats make you look like a slob. they have fake fly, stitching, rivetses. >> taking them to the office and no one notices they're in pajama jeans. >> reporter: you may feel like a well outfitted couch potato, but when you're wrapped head to toe in fleece, you're too comfortable to care. 
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this morning on "world news now" -- march mayhem. the powerful storm systems bringing unusual late winter tornadoes to louisiana and north carolina. >> the storm damage and also today's next big weather threat. it is monday, marcrc7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. portions of the northeast can expect up to a foot and a half of snow this morning. that's already adding to increasing fears about flooding in the eastern half of the country. >> cannot catch a break this winter. >> we certainly got it here in new york, that's for sure. also ahead this half hour, the heart problem that may be more common than you think. it's actually led to the deaths
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of at least two promising teenage athletes just in the past week. heartbreaking stories. >> definitely. coming up a bit later, a member of the clergy questioning the existence of hell. the minister stirring up an emotional religious debate. >> currently he hasn't worked this shift or he would know hell does exist. >> we know that. flood fears from downpours and unusual late winter tornadoes from a fierce storm system. >> flood watches and warnings are posted in more than a dozen states this morning in parts of the upper northeast and also new england. heavy snow is expected today. abc's larry jacobs reports on another round of wild weather. >> reporter: severe storms hit north carolina last night in wake county outside raleigh there were reports of a tornado and a powerful tlorp. >> one o omy granddaughters was out running and she said she saw it coming across the field and it was about 500 foot up in the air, from what she could tell, just a swirl of debris. so, it's pretty scary. >> reporter: police had to block roads because so many trees and power lines were down. one house caught fire, possibly from a bolt of lightning.
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>> by the time we got up, it was just the wind. i went to the front and we saw the damage there. and it was gone. >> reporter: elsewhere in north carolina, record rainfall hit the asheville area, making roads impassable. flash flood watches and warnings went into effect for much of the weekend. around indianapolis the flood fears are even greater as the white river crests. neighbhbs are ready with waders and boats. >> when the current is too strong to walk across, i'll get in the boat and paddle across. >> reporter: more rain expected across indiana, adding to the threat. in new england fears of floods across connecticut's farmington river. elsewhere in new england, a looming snowstorm could make matters worse as propepey owners take precautions. in the small town of rayne, louisiana, the difficult job of clean-up resumes after a deadly twister ripped through over the weekend. utility crews will do their best to restore electrical power
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larry jacobs, abc news, new york. and this morning at least one person is dead and a number of others injured after a tour bus crash in northeastern pennsylvania. it happened late last night on a highway just outside scranton. just as freezing rain was changing over to snow. police say it may be too soon to tell if bad weather is what led to that crash. a rainy day from seattle to portland and also to san francisco. heavy snow from the sierra range into the rockies. snow showers from the twin cities to the north of detroit and heavy snow winds down in northern new england. >> a wet 40 in boston. 50 in baltimore. and 60 in new orleans for mardi gras. indianapolis gets up to 47. chicago, 42. fargo, 13. 28 in billings. 32 in colorado springs. 73 in phoenix. 60s in sacramento and albuquerque. a man suspected in a series of sexual assaults over more than a decade is due in court in connecticut today. aaron thomas is accused of being the so-called east coast rapist. he's suspected in at least 17 different attacks from virginia
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to rhode island. he tried to take his life on saturday in his jail cell. he survived his suicide attempt and is expected to be in court again today. now to an issue that's getting a lot of attention. young seemingly healthy athletes dying while involved in games. last week a 16-year-old high school basketball player died in michigan and we learned over the weekend about another teen's death in colorado. clayton sandell reports from ft. collins. >> reporter: on this field 17-year-old rugby player matthew hammerdorfer took a powerful hit to the chest and collapsed. he was air lifted to a local hospital where he died. the coroner says the tragedy on this rugby field was caused by a condition known as sudden cardiac death. experts say it happens far too often to young athletes in the prime of their lives. it's estimated as many as 1 in 350 kids may have dangerous underlying heart conditions. >> athletes are probably at
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higher risk than the general population because they exercise more. and ironically, although we know exercise is a healthy benefit for all of us, in some persons with an underlying heart condition exercise can actually be the trigger for a sudden cardiac arrest. >> reporter: matthew's death comes days after michigan basketball high school player wes leonard collapsed and died after scoring the winning shot for his team. >> just tearing me up because he was just a special kid with a passion that you just don't get to see all the time. >> reporter: young people dying of heart failure? it's far more common than most of us realize. stories like these are being repeated around the country with estimates as high as one death every three days. support groups like parent heart watch are trying to prevent these tragedies. they say young athletes should get early and mandatory screening with an ekg. similar programs have successfully lowered the death rate in italy, but medical
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groups in this country say the huge costs outweigh the benefits. groups also want schools and teams to have heart defibrillators at games and for coaches and parents to learn cpr. friends say matthew hammerdorfer was always smiling, always ready with a joke. now many are calling for new attention to a most seriouou problem. clayton sandell, abc news, ft. collins, colorado. in other news now, secretary of defense robert gates has arrived in afghanistan where he'll spend the next two days. gates wants a firsthand look at the war's progress before crucial decisions by president obama. troop withdrawals are still set to start in july but the size and scope of the pullout will depend on the military's progress in afghanistan. in libya, both sides are bracing for an intensifying day of violence as the country appears on the verge of civil war. thousands of pro-gadhafi supporters poured into tripoli's green square yesterday. they waved flags and sang the libyan national anthem. they appeared to celebrate advances made by government
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forces to stop the opposition from overtaking the capital. dozens of migrant workers rescued from libya jumped ship rather than return to their homeland of bangladesh. at least three workers died. the search is on for more than a dozen still missing. they sailed from libya to the greek island of crete over the weekend. fuel prices are driving even higher due to the uncertain situation in oil-producing countries, including libya. the white house is now considering tapping the nation's oil reserves to increase supply and hopefully reduce prices. david kerley reports. >> reporter: another day, a new number. add a penny, a nickel more. the national average now $3.38 a gallon. but just in d.c. we found $3.99. and $4.55 a gallon. >> i need a break from gas prices. it's tough. it's tough for families these days. >> reporter: the government does have options to intervene. first, there's the strategic petroleum reserve. 727 million barrels squirreled away in the grgrnd for an emergency.
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already some senators are calling to tap that reserve. >> i think they have to let the market work and the strategic oil reserve is there for emergencies. this is not an emergency. >> reporter: robob west is an oil industry consultant. >> that's not what the strategic petroleum reserve was built for. it was really built to deal with interruption of supply. i think that it would be a serious mistake to open it now. >> reporter: okay. if we don't tap the reserve, how about temporarily lifting or cutting the gas tax? >> it would be nice if there were reduction in maybe some gasoline tax. >> reporter: efforts to pass a gas tax holiday failed during the last price spike in 2008. congress is unlikely to take action as it deals with budget woes. the third possibility, price controls. the government could dictate the highest price oil companies could sell gasoline. >> i'm not a big fan of government doing things about it. >> reporter: the last time government used price controls was in the early '70s when the government tried to control
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inflation and high energy costs by setting prices for goods. so, are there any good options? >> short term there's very little government can do. >> reporter: there's no indication the obama administration does plan to intervene. the real issue is the middle east. there is no shortage of oil or gas at this point. just the unrest, which is creating this fear and uncertainty. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> this might have been a scene from the show "the deadliest catch" if it wasn't real. an oil rig sha has been shut down for two weeks in the gulf of mexico caught fire yesterday. two men bailed out in a safety capsule and picked up by a passing ship. a coast guard helicopter picked them up and flew them to the hospital. no oil from that burning rig escaped into the water. space shuttle "discovery" is undocking from international space station this morning for the last time. the crews hugged good-bye after spending more than a week together. space station commander scott kelly said they're going to miss "discovery" most of all.
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"discovery" will be retired after returning to earth on wednesday. "endeavour's" final mission is set for april. "atlantis" should wrap up the shuttle program in june. >> very cool. the skyline over austin, texas, dazzled with rainbow colors. >> thousands of onlookers turned out as kites of all shapes and sizes took to the clear blue skies. nice scene out there. professional kite masters showed off their elaborate airborne contraptions. amateurs also got into the act. >> that looks like the only place in the country with nice weather. look at the blue sky. just beautiful. that festival dates back 83 years. organizers say it makes it the longest continual running event of its kind in that entire country. >> which is kind of cool. they got lucky, too, because thunderstorms. threatening that area. luckily, blue skies, plenty of sunshine. >> that's what we got. you were skiing, i know. >> yeah. park city, good weather for most of the time up there. it's always good to be home and not fearing for your life at the edge of a mountain. >> very good. well put. let's take a look.
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the debate over heaven and hell has been waged for thousands of years. now a popular evangelical pastor is taking it one step further. >> he's going against his own faith and asking, is there really a hell? it's a question that has sparked outrage from the church all the way to the blogosphere. linsey davis reports. >> the problem with the teaching is this wasn't something that i was at which timed tempted to do
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in the first place. >> reporter: "time" magazine calls rob bell a singular rock star in the church world. and his new book is already causing a commotion. the book is called "love wins: heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived." in it bell puts the notion of hell on trial. >> will only a few select people make it to heaven? and will billions and billions of people burn forever in hell? >> reporter: his argument, a loving god would never sentence human souls to eternal human suffering. evangelicals are calling that heresy. >> if, indeed, rob bell denies the existence of hell, this is a betrayal of biblical truth that has severe consequences. >> reporter: chatter about the book has caused an eruption in the blogosphere. there's nothing loving about preaching a false gospel and rob bell, so glad you took off your sheep's clothing. but there were also supporters. remember, judge not lest you be judged. that's god's job. reverend serene jones agrees.
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>> i think the people going after rob bell are themselves closer to heresy than rob is. >> reporter: bell's book is sparking fierce debate about the good book. >> jesus' message is basically the love of god is stronger than anything we can do. and the forgiveness of god is stronger. so why would that god be torturing people in some made up hell? >> jesus was himself very, very clear about the reality and threat of hell. >> reporter: the word "hell" appears in king james bible 54 times. but in the most recent pew survey, only 59% of americans believe in it. >> ghandi's in hell? he is? someone knows this for sure? >> reporter: reverend jones says there's nothing unique about bell's teaching. >> centuries of theologianses who have said that the question of heaven and hell is not something that we should be worrying about, but, rather, doing good in this life and loving god. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york.
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>> well, amazing how it worked up some folks will get over something we can never know for sure. it's funny. >> the guessing continues. >> and will -- will continue in heaven and hell. >> just don't bring it up at a dinner party. apparently hell looks something like the flame thing you just saw. >> maybe. >> that's what we hear. >> apparently. controversy is always good for sales. the book was supposed to come out march 26th but because it's generate sod much discussion, they bumped up the release date to march 15th. >> heaven for the publisher. when we come back, a memorable scene in a disney animated feature film. >> now an attempt to raise a house with helium balloons. did we do a news story about this, balloon boy? >> oh, kind of. fee court is now in session.
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welcome back, everybody. well, in the movie "up" a cranky old man who's had enough with the world ties balloons to his house to float away from it all. something you could possibly do in real life. >> or could you? the national geographic channel wanted to recreate this famous scene and they invited abc's diana alvear along for the ride. >> reporter: it's a moment of pure movie magic. a house setting sail, held up only by party balloons. most movie goers who saw "up" simply said, how amazing. but two men wondered, how hard can it be to make a house fly? >> we discovered really it's probably close to impossible to actually fly a real house. >> but what you can do, as we've done here, is kind of fly a lightweight house and actually fly it safely with people on board. >> reporter: at least that's what their initial calculations implied. so they trekked to california's high desert.
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where dozens of volunteers joined them. working through the night in near freezing toempt temperatures to build this little yellow house and fill 300 balloons. each eight feet tall and each consuming an entire tank of helium. the two pilots issued instructions every step of the way. >> keep that going and i'll be back. >> reporter: if it worked, it would be the largest cluster balloon flight ever attempted. >> first time for everything. that's what makes it fun. >> reporter: as daylight approached, time was running out. and everyone, including me, got to work. it's a good thing i've been working out. but the scheduled takeoff time came and went. they're actually putting more helium and more balloons to make sure this thing can get off the ground. let me tell you, just trying to hold one of these down is a workout in and of itself. the longer the house stayed on the ground, the higher the tension rose.
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would all this work be for nothing? how are you feeling right about now? >> i'm feeling pretty tired and i'm feeling very stressed. >> reporter: but hope stayed afloat just long enough. until finally -- >> so long, boys! >> reporter: -- like in the movie, the house began to rise and rise and rise. ♪ a little yellow house soaring with the help of hundreds of balloons, setting a world record along the e y. diana alvear, abc news. >> i think you put it best. you said these people should get together with the kite people we were talking about earlier and have a big party. throw some stuff up in the air, watch it fly away. >> time well spent. in case you're wondering, i know you are, the whole floating of the house experiment is part of a national geographic channel series. it's called "how hard can it be" and it will air in the fall of
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2011. there you go. >> a lot of time on their has. >> oh, yes. >> oh, boy. we'll be right back.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." and time now for your "morning papers." starting off with a pretty incredible story. >> this is funny. >> when you fly with kids, things can be rough. we have a story from a mom and dad on a flight from fiji to sydney with their 17-month-old son riley. dad was playing a game of peek-a-boo with this little boy. a flight attendant got involved, thought it would be funny to put him in the overhead compartment and shut it. >> that is funny. >> mom didn't find it funny. she got upset. in fact, the flight attendant has now been fired and says they basically should not have put the son in the overhead compartment. mom says he was in there in complete darkness. he's now 20 months old and suffering from withdrawal.
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he won't sleep at night. he sleeps with mom. mom and dad have separated. that's a side note. my question is, did they charge mom 45 bucks or 25 bucks to put the child in the overhead compartment? >> items tend to shift during flight, so that is very important. >> you do want to be careful. ten seconds, riley is traumatized, flight attendant got sacked. what do you think? >> it's dumb. i mean, why -- she knew putting a kid in an overhead bin? >> the dad and kid were playing, and the flight attendant got in on the game, they said in good gesture and no harm intended. nonetheless, that's the case. >> maybe they got extra peanuts. >> free cocktail. >> i didn't play with dolls as a young man -- young boy, but -- >> sure. >> willis did. >> come on. >> but apparently ken, everyone know's barbie's beau. ken is turning 50 years old. i didn't know about that. >> he's good looking for 50. >> he's come through many incarnations. he's had sky blue short shorts with a matching man mag, styling
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gel in his hair, he's had neon, plastic surgery. some museum, lakewood heritage center will have a little party for ken and celebrate his 50th birthday. 2004.d barb actually broke up in she was dating some australian guy named blaine but they have now -- for valentine's day they announced they're back together. ken is 50 years old. latest model for ken. but whatever -- >> ken has good pecs. speaking of our men, including ken, looking good at 50, stuck in a state of perpetual adolescence. new book is out saying basically men are putting off marriage and children, and it means they are staying in a perpetual state of adolescence by delaying this maybe inevitable choice for their lifestyles. however, some men say basically they are reacting to their parents' generation where there are a lot of divorces and really waiting for the right person to make sure the same fate does not fall upon them. >> i think that's truth to that. guys are a little more skiddish
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